The Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) is the only such shelter in Tarrant County offering 24/7 safe shelter to runaway, homeless and street youth, and trafficking survivors, ages 10-17. ACH works to reunite them with their families, or find safe and stable alternative living arrangements. The program provides outreach, education, advocacy, counseling, and case management services for foster care and community youth who are experiencing family crisis, family conflict, or homelessness.
Ace had a plan to come to Fort Worth and live with someone he had been chatting with online for months. After traveling 8 hours on a Greyhound bus from out of state, Ace arrived at the individual’s home, immediately felt unsafe, and left. With no family, friends, or any knowledge of Fort Worth, he took all the belongings he had and entered the local library. The library just happened to be a designated Safe Place site.
The library staff contacted the Safe Place team at ACH, where he was able to get an assessment before entering our Youth Emergency Shelter. After contacting his guardian, the Safe Place and shelter staff were able to safely return Ace home with his guardian. Without Safe Place, Ace could have easily turned into a human trafficking statistic.
Ace has been safely reunified with his family thanks to Safe Place and the Youth Emergency Shelter.
Service Area: Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell and Tarrant counties
Funding Partners: Emergency Food and Shelter Program; Tarrant County Community Development/U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Texas Department of Family and Protective Services; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families; United Way of Tarrant County